I read a book once that dealt with ""success principals"". One of the discussions in the book had to do with talent. They defined the words as: ""an innate desire to achieve a goal"". I think most people think that talent is ability. This definition puts a new twist on the idea of talent. I teach a lot of people and have had a great deal of people come through my door. I have had some with incredible ability and some with absolutely nothing but desire. What I found was that the person that came in with ability (natural or god given) was harder to teach and didn't practice all that much. On the other hand, the person with an incredible desire created ability over a period of time and became a successful player. The ideal student is the person that has both ability and desire, however I'll take the people with desire all day long over the people with ability.
Gary Guth is a professional bagpiper with over 45 years of playing experience and has been teaching bagpipes full time for the last 20 years. He has written "Bagpipes For Beginners", "the Bagpipe Hymnal", and " A Piper's Christmas".